Though news of alleged widespread voter fraud during the 2020 election has taken a backseat to other events over the past months, the subject might have just received a fresh boost, as retired U.S. intelligence officer and New York Times bestselling author Tony Shaffer made a bombshell revelation over the holiday weekend.
On Friday, in a podcast interview with One American host Chase Geiser, Shaffer, a staunch Trump supporter and firm believer that the election was stolen from the former president through fraudulent activities, claimed that former U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr personally called him and requested that he stop investigating election fraud claims.
Toward the end of the interview, as Shaffer insisted that ballot and voter fraud occurred in the election and told Geiser that he personally investigated the situation and found evidence to support his claims, he suddenly revealed to the host that Barr called him.
“By the way, a guy named Bill Barr called me and said ‘oh you need to give the investigation up… turn it over to the FBI’ … once the FBI got it we never heard anything again, just saying.”
After some commentary from Geiser on the revelation, Shaffer added, “When was the last time you ever had Bill Barr, the attorney general, calling a private citizen and saying, ‘oh you need to stop,’ think about that for a second.”
Shaffer went on to say that he spoke with former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli about Barr’s reported call, saying he asked Cuccinelli, “Have you ever heard of the attorney general of the United States calling a private citizen saying ‘you need to, you need to give this up.'”
While Shaffer’s claim that Barr called him hasn’t been confirmed by any credible media outlets as of this writing, if his claim is true, it would certainly be cause for concern and would raise questions as to why such a high-profile figure would phone a civilian who was looking into election fraud claims during the 2020 election.
Barr’s break with the president happened shortly after the U.S. Justice Department revealed that no evidence of voter fraud was uncovered that could have changed the outcome of the 2020 election, causing Trump and his supporters to turn on him.